Are Shia LaBeouf And Marshawn Lynch Secretly The Same Person?
Shia LaBeouf and Marshawn Lynch are the weirdest men in the American spotlight.
They are talented individuals who are excellent at their jobs. It's just that their jobs come with incredible media attention. They're asked to do interviews and meet with the press and for the most part, they hate that part of the job -- they hate the attention. In the case of Lynch, it has cost him $100,000. In the case of LaBeouf, he's worn a bag on his head to make a point that he is "no longer famous." Right around that time, he got arrested. Correlation doesn't indication, but LaBeouf has been in the American spotlight since he was on Even Stevens, and his melt down probably had something to do with the constant attention.
They don't give a shit.
LaBeouf's non-conformity is well-documented. He smoked in a theater and he yelled obscenities and he got in an altercation with a hobo and he spent a night in jail. That's barely scratching the surface of his social deviance. But he's taken that all in stride, cracking jokes about himself on Ellen DeGeneres' show. He's also taken weird to the next level by doing things like allowing the public to speak -- or whatever else the hell they want to do -- with him in a room with pliers and a whip. He was feeling animosity from the public and figured what better way than to let angry strangers vent by joining him in a dimly lit room... with pliers and a whip. And while it's the most bizarre way to take responsibility for his actions, it's his way. It's the best he can do.
The best part about it is that both Lynch and LaBeouf are brilliant. LaBeouf's performance in Fury was that of complex, semi-psychotic but intensely likable soldier. And his cast-type will probably forever be set as roles similar. Lynch's legs do that talking, as he powers through defenses in a semi-phychotic state we've labelled "Beast Mode." He's one of the few running backs that are more likely to deliver a blow than to get one delivered to him, and the result is an unstoppable force that gets into the end zone regularly
There's something admirable about what they do and the way they carry themselves. LaBeouf had a full-on mental breakdown in the public eye, and he can laugh about it. They don't care about what people think about them, and at the same time, you have to think that they are both good people. Lynch went out of his way to return some random guy's wallet. You watch the interviews of LaBeouf on Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen, and you see an earnest but outside-the-box thinker, who is weird as shit.
At this point, both the superstars have embraced their outcast image. They like to surprise people and, most recently, they both have done so with interviews that included as few words as possible. Lynch is required to speak, so he has resorted to saying "yeah" and "nope." LaBeouf has stopped talking altogether.
The irony is that they create extra buzz by being these cartoonish enigmas. Because they feel misunderstood, everyone tries to understand them. They continue to push back earnestly, and many interpret it as "hard to get," so we pursue further.
The most amazing image I've seen in a long time is LaBeouf clapping alone in a theater to Rob Cantor's song titled "Shia LaBeouf" about an axe murder named, what else, Shia LaBeouf. The standing-applause seems to signify LaBeouf and Lynch's reaction to the media's treatment of them. They let people fill in the blanks and make absurd assertions. And while people are busy calling them names and pushing them for answers, they stand alone and applaud their manufactured, superimposed images.
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